Microsoft has a new feature that could make office work a lot easier.
The tech giant announced on Tuesday the launch of Copilot, an artificial intelligence (AI) assistant that can help users with various office tasks, such as writing documents, creating presentations, analyzing data, and scheduling meetings.
Copilot is integrated into Microsoft 365 apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and more. It can also be accessed through a new experience called Business Chat, where users can give natural language commands and get responses from Copilot.
According to Microsoft, Copilot can help users with tasks such as writing documents, creating presentations, analyzing data, and scheduling meetings. It can also offer suggestions to improve writing, change tone, and teach Office features. Copilot can even generate entire documents or status updates based on the user’s data and context.
Copilot uses large language models (LLMs), which are AI systems that can produce natural language text from prompts and data. It also uses the user’s data in the Microsoft Graph, which connects the user’s calendar, emails, chats, documents, meetings, and contacts.
Microsoft said that Copilot respects the user’s data security and privacy in the enterprise. It also said that it will start rolling out Copilot to select customers in the coming months. It will continue to improve Copilot based on user feedback and research.
“Copilot is your copilot for work,” said Colette Stallbaumer, general manager of Microsoft 365 and future of work. “It works alongside you, embedded in the Microsoft 365 apps you use every day—to unleash creativity, unlock productivity, and uplevel skills.”
Copilot is based on the same technology that powers GitHub Copilot, a tool for developers that was launched last year. According to GitHub data, among developers who have used GitHub Copilot, 88% say they are more productive, 77% say the tool helps them spend less time searching for information, and 74% say they can focus their efforts on more satisfying work.
Copilot is part of Microsoft’s vision to reinvent productivity for everyone. The company has been investing heavily in AI and cloud services to compete with rivals such as Google and Amazon. Microsoft hopes that Copilot will give it an edge in the lucrative market of office software and services.
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